Student Support: Academic Resources
At Golden Gate University, we believe that the core skills essential to passing the bar exam are many of the same skills required to be successful in law school and in the practice of law. Students who acquire these skills early in their legal education and continually hone these skills during law school will undoubtedly perform at a much higher level in law school, on the bar exam, and in practice. To achieve this end, we offer students a pathway to success that begins from their first day of law school to the day they take the bar exam.
Legal Literacy (Active Learning & Reading)
The ability to concentrate, read and listen closely, note relevant details, and understand the key points or legal significance in readings or discussion.
Self-Reliance / Self-Monitoring
The ability, with initial guidance and support from professors, to assess one's own preparation and performance and identify areas for improvement. To possess the confidence in one's own ability to pick up any topic of law and learn it.
The ability to take a large amount of information consisting of reading material, class notes, and other course-related material, and distill it down to an analytical framework or "roadmap" of reasonable length.
Analysis through Practice
The ability to perform thorough legal analysis (i.e. applying facts to law while examining alternative arguments) with the use of IRAC through repetition and practice.
Golden Gate University School of Law strives to ensure the success of each student. The Academic Development Program (ADP) provides supplemental services directly to GGU students at any stage and level to improve their academic performance and skills. ADP provides advising, skills training, workshops and support for first, second and third year law students regardless of their academic ranking.
GGU has services designed to provide you with everything you need to know about the bar exam so that you will be as prepared as possible to sit for one of the most important exams in your life.
Law Student Support provides academic advisors to assist students at any time during the school year.
Students who wish to set up an appointment should call 415-442-6615.
Law Student Support advisors are also available to meet with students about personal issues that may affect their law school performance and may provide referrals for long term counseling and other support services. GGU's Wellness Resources provides confidential counseling for individuals, couples and groups.
Commonly used policies and forms for GGU Law students:
- JD Full-Time Degree Requirements
- JD Part-Time Evening Degree Requirements
- Attendance and Class Participation
- Grading Policies
- Academic Standing (Supervision, Disqualification, Reinstatement)
- Standards of Student Conduct
Students should consult the Student Handbook for a more comprehensive list of policies that apply to them.